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NWS: Rain and Cooler Temperatures this Week, Drought Conditions Improving

STATEWIDE--You can expect cooler temperatures and widespread rain in Indiana throughout the week, says the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

There are two main time periods for rain.

“One is going to come later this afternoon (Monday) through tonight and into early Tuesday. That’s going to bring about a quarter to a half-inch of rain. Then the more significant rainfall is going to come beginning late Wednesday throughout Thursday and then end early Friday,” said Mike Ryan, meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. “We really put quite a dent in the drought conditions over the last week. We’re going to do even more of that in the next four or five days.”

Ryan says flooding could be a factor, especially in the southern parts of the state.

“That has to do with what will be the remnants of Tropical Storm Zeta, which will be making landfall on Wednesday in the northern Gulf. Those remnants are going to come up north. It’ll focus mainly on I-70 and points south. There will be lighter amounts further to the north. We could see some localized, minor flooding impacting the southern part of the state, especially on Thursday, before we transition into a quieter, dry, and seasonably cool pattern going into the upcoming weekend,” said Ryan. 

Ryan believes the weather looks “really good” for Halloween.

“We’re expecting dry conditions with sunny skies during the day. We should be mainly clear Saturday night. Highs look to be in the mid to upper 50s, maybe near 60,” said Ryan.

Ryan thinks most of next week will be dry.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of Indiana still under a moderate drought. 

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